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1381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 24, 2010, 03:46:57 PM
Of course Tactics counts. =) All the games in the series are up for consideration. It's all your opinions, after all.

8's story is shit. Thankfully, most of the game focused on individual character portrayal, which I thought was the best in the series.

But if we're talking plot, specifically? They all sucked. At least FF6 probably had the least amount of face-palms. I love FFIX, but it takes some real crapper's in the flow towards the end. FFX was a tad padantic and drawn out.

Gotta go with FF6, but they all suck. Play games for characters, dialog, setting, and gameplay.

I consider Characters, dialogue, and setting part of the story, personally. Afterall, where would the story go without them?

That said, to me FFX fell really flat in its delivery, and I feel like in its delivery, it was a shallow, shell of the game it was meant to be. I enjoyed Rikku, the battle system, and that's really about it. Heck, even the visuals didn't feel as polished as say, FFVIII. Sure, higher polygon counts, fully 3d environments, etc. But FFVIII had that cool insta-transition to FMV that I think really helped incorporate the cutscenes into the narrative. With FFX, it felt like a major step backwards. That's a very personal artistic gripe though, and one I'm sure most people don't share.

I have to agree, FFX could've been great, but the excecution really held it back. I still got to get to the ending, though.
1382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs this gaming generation_Which system to get? on: November 24, 2010, 03:41:10 PM
The PSP and get some more games on your DS. All 3 systems are really lagging this gen when in comes to RPGs. If you really must get one, though, I suggest the PS3, since the only exclusive RPGs on the 360 are pretty disappointing.
1383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: November 23, 2010, 08:24:56 PM
I'm really just asking for a fan's opinion on this, and you don't have to have played them all, really just asking out of the ones you have played. Also, to any potential smart alecks, I don't even care if you think they all suck. In that case which one sucks the least?

As for my two cents...that's about all I got. I have only played one game in the series from start to finish (Final Fantasy XIII with my brother, and I actually quite enjoyed the story), so I can't really comment on what game has the best just yet.
1384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 23, 2010, 03:38:31 PM
I'd like to do a FF series play through like archendrus did w/ phantasy star.


At least 1-6.

Ooo I'm game =D I actually don't think I've played V at all (the re-numbering still confuses me) I played the PSP verision of 1 breifly and played IV when it used to be II but never beat it.  VI was responsible for solidifying my obessesion with the genre...when it was still called III.  So that's 3 out of 6 that I've never played.  

I think I'm going to do this once I finish Fallout 3, DDS, and DQ 8.

That should be probably around Feb or so.

I'll play the 1st two on the PSP since they can be got for cheap. F3 has to be on DS, right?

Now should I get IV via FF Chronicles on psx or the DS version? I'll probably do Chronicles so I can finally have Chrono Trigger as well.

Then I'll just get Anthology as well.

Word, sounds like a plan =D I gotta finish up Persona 1 and MS Saga so Feb works.

Count me in, too.=)
1385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i may not be the biggest fan of the older final fantasies..... on: November 22, 2010, 09:43:59 PM
but one thing i do like about FFV wich im slowly playing through right now is the humor in it.

I second that. The humor makes the game that much better IMO. One of the reasons why its my fave in the series.^_^
1386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 09:42:37 PM
Control-F "Parasite Eve"
Shame on you.  Shame on all of you.

At least someone mentioned Shadow Hearts.

You might want to try Valkyria Chronicles, since that's something of an alternate reality Earth with some fantasy elements thrown in to make it more interesting.  I think it's what you're looking for.

Jeanne d'Arc is, erm, historical but to be taken very lightly.  Historical Fantasy is a good way to put it.

I'll personally recommend Skies of Arcadia.  It most certainly is neither futuristic or medieval.  It's stuck at the weird place in-between, but it might not be what you're looking for since it's not based on modern times.

You might be interested in some of the Wild ARMs games.  Some of them are also in the "stuck in-between" two bit, but aren't directly medieval or futuristic.


I don't know how I forgot about all of those games, but I second all of that. Especially VC, Jeanna d'Arc, Skies of Arcadia, and Wild Arms.
1387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: November 22, 2010, 05:32:49 PM
Now lets hope it actually gets a western release this time...
1388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 05:31:32 PM

I'm not exactly sure what mean by kiddie. I haven't play The World Ends With You yet but it's pretty highly regarded. Devil Survivor on the other hand is one of the most interesting and engaging strategy RPG's I've played in a while. If you get them I'm sure you won't regard it.


I've meant "kiddie" as in: it looks like the storyline of those 2 games is focused more on "cool" teenage stuff than the PS2 and PSone Shin Megami and FF8 cousins, if you are understanding me. Not that they're not every bit as awesome though, I'm just looking for something more mature now.

I wouldn't describe the characters in Devil Survivor as "Cool, trendy teens", to be honest. They're just normal kids. I'm with Melancholy on this one, SMT: DS is THE most engaging SRPG I've ever played, and much of that is due to the story and characters, whom come off as being, well, natural. The characters are believable in my opinion, more so that I've seen any other game, and that includes the other SMT games, besides maybe Strange Journey. That's an impressive feat if you ask me.
1389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Golden Sun Dark Dawn in 10 days on: November 22, 2010, 02:09:21 PM
video review on ign

http://www.ign.com/videos/2010/11/22/golden-sun-dark-dawn-video-review

The game looks great in action. Nice colors, animations, and solid music.

Looks very promising.

Sounds exactly like what I was expecting. I'll get it once its cheap. Nothing ground-breaking, but fun for a while and a nice pace. The new graphical style is great, btw. I hated the old look, but this one is at least pleasing to the eye. The series always reminded me of Breat of Fire, so unless they make a new one of those, I'm sure this will do (once I get it, of course).
1390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Radiant Historia on: November 22, 2010, 02:03:00 PM
Bumping this back up for localization announcement.

"Hell" to the "yeah"! Ah, but it's coming out in February.=( So much for pre-ordering. I need to save the money for Tactics Ogre and Okamiden. I'll get it further down the line, though, maybe in April.
1391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 10:41:41 AM
I'd just like to make a correction: I meant Freedom Force, not freedom Fighters. Freedom Force is a WRPG, Freedom Fighters is a crumby last gen TPS.
1392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 22, 2010, 09:33:28 AM
Uhm... Okage: Shadow King is set in a quirky, Tim Burton-esque kind of modern world?

Why have I not heard of this game?!
1393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What will bring RPGs back? on: November 21, 2010, 09:58:47 PM
The developers should play and like their games before selling them to the public...

I could say that about all games, for better or for worse. Like being a chef: Don't make something you wouldn't eat.
1394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is JRPG... on: November 21, 2010, 09:58:10 PM
I have no problem with old-school games and Old-school style games. The onlything I want to see done away with in JRPGs are frequent random battles. Fighting a battle after taking a single step is as irritating as it gets.

especially in dungeons with puzzles.

Yeah, no kidding.
1395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-medieval and non-futuristic RPGs? on: November 21, 2010, 04:01:20 PM
Shin Megami Tensei, Earthbound, and The World Ends With You sound right up your ally. There's also Freedom Fighters if you're interested in trying a Western RPG. I suppose Fallout is Sci-fi, even though it's technically retro-future/Post-apocalyptic?

Chrono Trigger also gave me a similar feeling to what you described, despite technically being Sci-fi/fantasy, it still felt very much to me like I was following a cartoon, and I kept wanting to find out what would happen in the next "episode".
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